SADC Malaria Day 2018

Commemoration of Southern African Development Community (SADC) Malaria Day on 6 November every year aims to create awareness about malaria and mobilise the community to participate in the malaria control programmes.

Communities are mobilised through health education to:
– recognise signs and symptoms of malaria
– provide more home-based treatment
– seek treatment when they become ill
– use personal protective measure.

Facts about malaria
– Malaria is a life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected female mosquitoes.
– About 3.2 billion people – almost half of the world’s population – are at risk of malaria.
– Young children, pregnant women and non-immune travellers from malaria-free areas are particularly vulnerable to the disease when they become infected.
– Malaria is preventable and curable, and increased efforts are dramatically reducing the malaria burden in many places.
– Sub-Saharan Africa carries a disproportionately high share of the global malaria burden. In 2015, the region was home to 89% of malaria cases and 91% of malaria deaths.

Bone Marrow Stem Cell Donation and Leukaemia Awareness Month 2018

Leukaemia is a group of bone marrow diseases involving an uncontrolled increase in white blood cells (leukocytes). There is around a 30% chance of a sibling being a bone marrow match, meaning that there is a 70% chance that someone will need a transplant from a non-related donor. Each year, 35 people in every million learn that they have leukaemia of whom five will be children.

As opposed to a few different blood types, there are millions of different types of cell tissue. The success of a patient’s transplant depends on finding a match, otherwise their body will reject it.

The Sunflower Fund was formed in 1999 to create awareness for the need of donors. It was formed by parents whose children had contracted leukaemia, and in some cases had lost their battle against it.

World Sight Day 2018

World Sight Day (WSD) is an annual day of awareness held on the second Thursday of October, to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment.

According to the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB):

  • Approximately 285 million people worldwide live with low vision and blindness.
  • Of these, 39 million people are blind and 246 million have moderate or severe visual impairment.
  • 90% of blind people live in low-income countries.
  • 80% of visual impairment is avoidable, being readily treatable and/or preventable.
  • Restorations of sight, and blindness prevention strategies are among the most cost-effective interventions in healthcare.
  • The number of people blind from infectious causes has greatly decreased in the past 20 years.
  • An estimated 19 million children are visually impaired.
  • About 65 % of all people who are visually impaired are aged 50 and older, while this age group comprises only 20% of the world’s population.
  • Increasing elderly populations in many countries mean that more people will be at risk of age-related visual impairment.

15 June – Elder abuse

Elder abuse is any act which causes harm or distress to an older person. Such an act can include physical, psychological or emotional, sexual and financial abuse as well as intentional or unintentional neglect.

Until recently, this serious social problem was hidden from the public. Today elder abuse is an important public health and societal problem.

The 15th of June represents the one day in the year when the whole world voices its opposition to the abuse and suffering inflicted to some of our older generations.

Let us stand together and protect those who gave us life, helped us and loved us for who we are.

June 2018

World Blood Donor Month

June is dedicated to blood donors. Without them and their dedication to blood donation, lives would be lost.

World Blood Donor Day is commemorated on 14 June 2018 in a global celebration of the millions of people throughout the world who give their blood on a voluntary basis to save the lives of those in need.

Donating a unit of blood can save up to three patients in dire need of blood. By becoming a regular blood donor, this ensures that the safety of blood is maintained and makes it possible for the South African National Blood Service (SANBS) to collect sufficient safe blood to meet the demand.

Find out more about donating blood on the the SANBS website.

Knysna Provincial Hospital

When buying property, a potential resident always needs to know the basics about the town.

In case of an emergency, the residents need help urgently. Whether it is calling an ambulance, armed response, the police or even driving to a hospital.

Brenton-on-Sea is a small town in the Garden Route in the Western Cape of South Africa. One of the closest towns is Knysna.

Knysna, which forms part of the Eden Municipality District, is a booming town with a population of over 50 000.

The Knysna Provincial Hospital is located on Main Road is a mere 20 minute drive from Brenton-on-Sea.

The GPS co-ordinates for the Knysna Provincial Hospital is -34.036816, 23.058643

The hospital’s contact number is +27 44 302 8400. Remember to call the hospital to have them waiting for you at the entrance.